BOSTON, Mass. – With a goal from Jeyna Minnick the Bengals of Buffalo State College were able to sneak past women's ice hockey by the final of 2-1 Tuesday afternoon in a non-conference contest in the Clark Athletic Center Ice Arena.
Minnick's deciding goal came just 12 seconds after the Beacons had tied the score at 1-1. With Tuesday's setback the Beacons fell to 4-8-1 on the season, while the Bengals improved to 5-8-1 overall.
The goal for Minnick was the fourth of the year for the forward, with Nikki Kirchberger getting the assist, her third.
Scoring the lone goal for UMB was Sarahanne Cavolo (Roxbury, N.H.) on the power-play at 13:53 of the second period. Dylan Caron (Burrillville, R.I.) and Katie Loiselle (Glocester, R.I.) were each credited with an assist on a bang-bang play that tied the score at one goal a-piece.
Breaking the scoreless draw for the Bengals was Kara Goodwin at the 17:02 mark of the first period.
Freshman Casey Schaejbe (Arlington, Mass.) stepped back in between the pipes and totaled 19 stops, while her Buffalo State counterpart, Jordan Lee made 35 saves. After losing the shots battle in the first period, UMB dominated the offensive ice over the last two frames as they outshot the Bengals 31-12. In the final period UMass outshot Buffalo 17-2, but was unable to break the goal line.
Defensively the Beacons played an extremely physical and tough game despite surrendering the two goals. Freshman Samantha Fallon (Pembroke, Mass.) helped to the anchor the Beacons backline, while Kelly Sharlow (Potsdam, N.Y.) helped to not only limit the Bengals offense, but also contributed to UMB's offensive pressure as well.
On the power-play, UMB closed out the afternoon 1-for-3, while the Bengals were 0-for-3 on their man-up chances.
Women's Hockey returns to the Clark Center Ice Arena tomorrow at 1 p.m. when they take on Buffalo State for the second time.